HILLSBORO — Isaiah Palmer missed his final four shots from the field inside 26 seconds Monday and Tabor College nipped the Ottawa University men’s basketball team 85-82. It marked the sixth straight game decided by five points or fewer.
Palmer led the Braves with 28 points, but missed opportunities sunk the road team. Ottawa had a 73-68 lead with 5:30 left, but the Bluejays stormed back on an 11-0 run. Nine of those points were scored off three three-point baskets by Tabor’s AJ Downing. Palmer cut the lead to 85-82 on a bucket with 46 seconds left. The Braves sent Downing to the line twice for a one-and-one, the first with 36 seconds left and the second with 20 seconds left. He missed the front end both times, giving the ball back to OU. However, Palmer took four shots and collected a pair of offensive rebounds, but couldn’t hit the key basket to extend the game.
Tabor shot 32-62 (51.6 percent) from the field as a team, including 17-31 from three-point range. Downing and Darnell Jones-Bowie scored 18 points apiece for the Bluejays.
Both teams struggled from the free throw line, with Ottawa shooting 14-26 and Tabor 4-11.
With seven games left in the regular season, the Braves (13-10, 10-7 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) remain a game ahead of Kansas Wesleyan and Saint Mary for fourth in the conference standings. The team hosts Sterling College (4-16, 3-14 KCAC) 8 p.m. Thursday. Sterling eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time this season in Monday’s 102-70 win at McPherson College.
Tabor (85) - Jones-Bowie 18, Downing 18, Berry 16, Cutliff 12, Roulette 8, Scroggins 6, Thompson 4, Ahrens 3.
Ottawa (82) - Palmer 28, Jones 15, Haskins 14, Greisen 5, McDow 5, Mead 5, Baldeh 4, Bowie 2, Patrick 2, Kaegi 2.